“The difficult decision to put a beloved pet to sleep is one of the hardest decisions we as pet owners will ever have to make. What makes it so hard is that they really do have a way of capturing our hearts as they become an everyday part of our lives. Who else gives you unquestioned loyalty? They don’t complain. They make us laugh in their never ending pursuit to help us lighten up and enjoy the brighter side of life once in a while. However, sometimes due to severe illness, pain or incurable disease, they can’t go on. Euthanasia, as hard as it is to let go, can be the kindest thing we can offer them in return. At times like these, I implore you to consider in home pet euthanasia by a mobile vet.

As a vet that has worked in many places over the years, I’ve had to euthanise pets in many different settings: in veterinary clinics and veterinary hospitals, on the side of the road, on farms, in the bush, and also making house calls. The most peaceful by far for the pet involved is when a vet comes to them in the comfort of their own home.  In their final moments, they are on their own comfy bed, surrounded by only friends and family they know and love, there’s no stress.

During the euthanasia procedure it’s only me there apart from family. When everyone is ready I give a small sedative injection under the skin at the back of the neck which the pet doesn’t even notice. I move out of the way and family members can be right next to them, keeping them calm, giving last goodbyes. Over 5-10 minutes this slowly causes them to fall to sleep so they are unaware what else happens from then on. At that point I clip a small amount of hair on their front arm and administer the euthanasia solution intravenously. It is a very quick, peaceful, pain free process. Family members then spend as much time saying goodbye in those last moments as needed. We don’t have to rush off anywhere. ” – Dr Shanon 

Perth Vet Care visits all metropolitan suburbs to offer end of life care and kind cat or dog euthanasia at home across the city of Perth.

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'I take a lot of pride in the way we perform in home pet euthanasia at Perth Vet Care. Undoubtedly, it's a heart wrenching time for all involved and never a nice thing as a veterinarian to have to do either.

However, I find solace in knowing that we can give these beloved pets as peaceful and stress free ending as possible. One that is fitting for a loyal companion. Its our ultimate gesture of respect given to a life-long friend.'

Dr Shanon Donovan Perth Vet Care Mobile Vet
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We also offer comprehensive pet care with the addition of a pet cremation service. Our vet can transport your pet for cremation after an in home pet euthanasia. Transport is at no extra charge. Perth Vet Care takes the hassle out of pet cremation and handles everything for you.

We will deliver your pet’s ashes to you at your home again when they are ready. This usually takes about 1-2 weeks after euthanasia.

You can also choose pet burial at Lawnswood Crematorium’s pet cemetery. We also found these other options for a pet cemetery in Perth.

Optional Extras

  • a copy of their paw print on card as a memorial token
  • keeping a lock of pet hair
  • keep a small portion of your pet’s ashes retained and incorporated in memorial keepsakes

When it’s Time to Consider Pet Euthanasia at Home

Deciding exactly when to have your ailing pet put to sleep requires more than just a checklist. As a part of your family, you will know your pet’s normal demeanour, energy levels, appetite and behaviour. Your vet cannot make the decision for you, but they are an invaluable resource you can contact to help with the decision-making process to know when the time is right based on your pet’s quality of life.

What is crucial is that we don’t hang on to a pet who is suffering for selfish reasons. It’s heartbreaking to let a beloved pet go but sometimes when they are suffering it can be the kindest thing we can do for them.

Some things to consider which may indicate it is time to consider in home pet euthanasia are:

  1. Your pet in constant pain than cannot be alleviated with pain relief or treatment
  2. Your pet is suffering from an incurable disease which has now caused the quality of life to deteriorate to the point where they no longer appear happy
  3. The treatment of their disease is no longer possible. For example an inoperable cancer or disease no longer responding to treatment. It may also be that finances are no longer available to continue treatment.
  4. Your pet has stopped eating, is consistently vomiting, unable to go to the toilet or other symptoms which indicate a poor quality of life for the future.

 

A caveat to this I want to point out is that you should not assume your pet’s condition is not treatable. Always consult a vet first to discuss your pet’s situation. Get all of the options first before making your final decision. For instance an old dog who is having difficulty walking may benefit from a different combination of medications that may give them a second wind and get them up and walking again.

To be present or not?

This is a very personal choice. Some people cannot bear the sight of their pet breathing their last breath. Others want to comfort their pet right up until the end and not be separated. Both are perfectly acceptable responses to the euthanasia process. There is no wrong way to go here.

One of the benefits of the way we perform an in home pet euthanasia is the fact that we use pre-euthanasia sedation. This has the benefit of relaxing your pet so that they are unaware of when the euthanasia event happens. They just slowly drift off into sleep. The added benefit is that some pet owners choose to stay for the 5-10 minutes while their pet becomes sedated so as to comfort their pets. But then when the pet is unaware of what is happening and the final euthanasia needle has to be give intravenously, they choose to step out of the room for this part.

An important part of the process is also to consider is if you would like children to be present if you have them, as well as other pets in the household.

Children and dealing with the loss of a pet

Children need time to say goodbye just as adults do. It may help to ease them into the process the days before the event. For many children, this may be their first encounter with the concept of a pet’s death.

Telling a child a pet ran away or had to be rehomed may lead to resentment later or feelings of abandonment. Honesty is usually the best policy here.

Children may not necessarily want to watch the process of euthanasia. But they may benefit from having the time to say goodbye to a pet beforehand, and if they choose, afterwards as well. In terms of if they want to see their pet after they have passed, we have found it best that they be asked what they want to do.

It is important to tend to their needs after a pet euthanasia. The grief process is a normal one. One that takes time and requires reassurance. Planting a tree or in some way memorialising the life of their companion animal can sometimes help this grieving process.

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How do other pets in the household cope with loss?

After euthanasia, you may choose to let other pets in the household see the recently departed so they know what is going on.

Some people are surprised to find out that other pets in the household, particular ones with a tight bond to the deceased pet, are affected by the loss of their friend. It is not uncommon for a remaining pet to have a period of depression, sadness, lack of appetite or change of behaviour after a pet dies.

As with children, its important to console them, to occupy them and try to distract them. Taking them for walks, feeding a special treat and just giving them more time and attention can all help to get them back on track sooner rather than later.

As with people, the main thing that helps soften the blow of a lost pet is the passage of time.

Dealing with Grief

Individual people respond differently experiencing the loss of a pet after euthanasia. Besides sorrow, you may also experience the following emotions after pet loss:

1. Guilt

I’ve often seen pet owners rack themselves with guilt, suggesting they could have done more, or could have gotten on top of their pet’s condition earlier. Even people who have done everything “right”. It is pointless to burden yourself with things that are often accidents or diseases beyond your control. Pet’s also can’t talk which sometimes makes it difficult to identify when an issue arises. Thinking this way will not change what has happened, and will only prolong your grief.

2. Denial

This emotion makes it hard to accept a pet is really gone. It’s hard to accept the loss of a pet, when you are so used to their everyday presence. Small things like the act of feeding them or their evening walk can become part of our daily routine. Some people may also find it hard to move on or to love another pet as a result.

3. Anger

Sometimes this can be direct toward the illness that claimed your pet, or in an accident, the driver of a vehicle or owner of another dog. It can also be directed to the veterinarian who in spite of doing everything they could for your pet weren’t able to save them. It is okay to be angry that an illness has claimed your pet, but try not to dwell on it for long, as it may only serve to prolong your grief.

4. Depression

This can be a normal part of the progression of the grief process. It’s one that usually only time will heal.  If you find yourself in need of support be sure to seek help from your GP or support groups like lifeline.org.au.

Our friends at Pet Eden offer grief counselling for pet parents, as well as frequent pet loss support groups in Perth.

Grief is a normal response to the loss of a pet. So don’t bottle it up inside but express your grief so as to attempt to overcome it. The fact that we feel such sorrow is a testament to how great our pets really are and the bond we shared with them. We have to remember the reasons why we are so attached to them. All their unique features. The good times. The fond memories when they did something silly or made us laugh.

Find a place for them in your household where you can continue to remember them. You may wish to place their ashes and a photo of them on the mantle along with a candle and a paw print. Focus on the positive part of owning a pet and don’t let this temporary loss from preventing you from opening your heart and your home up to another in the distant future. They bring us so much joy, which is why we develop such a strong attachment to them.

How to Make the Loss of a Pet Easier

Some positive things you can do to help the healing process and to commemorate your pet’s life include:

  • take photographs with your pet before the euthanasia where possible
  • have a painting done of your pet to hang on the wall
  • get their paw print in clay
  • give your pet a treat they don’t normally have on the day of their euthanasia
  • we can save a lock of your pets hair as a keepsake
  • we can take a paw print for you to keep
  • plant a tree in memory of your pet
  • have your pet cremated and returned in a decorative urn – see more info here
  • have your pet cremated with their favourite collar, teddy or blanket.
  • incorporate some of your pet’s ashes in a decorative keepsake such as a spun glass globe or jewelery
  • scatter their ashes in their favourite place
  • elect to have your pet buried at Lawnswood Crematorium’s pet cemetery where you can visit them any day of the year
  • hold a memorial service
  • hold a candle lighting ceremony
  • have a garden plaque made with their name and dates on it
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Home Pet Euthanasia Costs

Euthanasia Dog 0-9kg
$260
Euthanasia Dog 10-24kg
$285
Euthanasia Dog 25 - 39kg
$320
Euthanasia Dog Over 40kg
$355
Euthanasia Cat
$260
Euthanasia Small Animal (Rabbit etc)
$220

Pet Cremation & Burial Costs

For more information, see our Pet Cremation and Pet Burial pages.
For other mobile vet service pricing, see our prices page.

Schedule a Pet Euthanasia at Home

Sometimes its difficult to talk about this topic over the phone because of the emotion involved. That’s why we’ve made it a little easier by creating an online booking app so you can see our schedule and pick a time and day that suits you best.

If you are having your pet cremated and wish to purchase a special urn, please see this page. The scheduler won’t let you choose a specific urn, but you can let the vet know of your choice at the time of the appointment. The vet can also take any extra payment for these as well.

If in doubt, or you have a query, please don’t hesitate to contact us or use our live chat feature to the left of the page.

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Lee-Anne Temnyk

I was extremely impressed with Dr Shanon, and highly recommend his services to anyone that has a loved fur-child. He was extremely professional in his conduct and empathetic to my situation and contacted me to arrange an earlier appointment as he could sense my urgency. He has an amazing affinity with animals and was sensitive to my situation in which Kit had to be euthanaised. I also appreciate the convenience of having a vet that will come to your residence as to not cause any additional stress to your pet. Thank you Dr Shanon!
Anthony White

Very kind and professional vet, who really cares for their furry patients and owners. We really appreciate Dr Shanon for helping us with our big boy Sniff. It was very hard for our family, but he was very caring and reassuring. I only wish we had met for different reasons. An amazing vet and I would highly recommend Perth Vet Care to everyone with a furry friend. Thank you so much.
Joanna Jaramillo

Dr Shanon was very lovely, and professional. Our beloved dog DJ felt very comfortable with him and we are very grateful to him for providing such a good and caring service. DR Shanon came to our house on a short notice and we met first time in very painful circumstances but his calm and understanding approach helped us with the painful process of saying good by to our beautiful DJ. After DJs cremation , which dr Shanon helped to organise, he even delivered DJs ashes to our home and we got a lovely card from him which was a very nice surprise. We can't recommend DR Shannon highly enough and will use his services in the future. Thank you for all your help!
Maria Griffiths

I would highly recommend Dr Shannon, he made saying goodbye to our beloved Prince very special. He was very empathetic, and helped us through the process, it was very easy to organise and dealt with professionally. It enabled us to give him the most peaceful passing with all his loved ones with him.
Penny Lee

We were most fortunate to have had Dr Shanon attend at our home to help put down our beloved 12 yo dog Bobby as cancer took over his body after 9 months’ painful battle. Dr Shanon is a great vet, efficient in his handling whilst exhibiting genuine care and patience every step of the process. He took the time to explain the process , talked us through our decision and gave us privacy when needed. His profesionalism helped make the dreadful parting more bearable and meaningful. We recommend his services 100%
Leah Cartwright

Shanon, thank you so much again for everything that you have done for us and our Bodhi. It was an extremely difficult time for us, but with your help it was able to be as peaceful as possible. We are so grateful that you were able to come to our home and assist with everything, even down to bringing Bodhi's urn and ashes home to us. Thank you again, Leah & Jordan

Pet Euthanasia FAQ

How much does it cost to euthanize a pet?

Pet euthanasia is usually based on weight and can range from $250 for a pet under 10kg, to $355 or more for a pet over 40kg.

Is pet euthanasia painful?

The pet euthanasia injection is a bit like an anaesthetic overdose so there is no pain involved. A pet drifts from consciousness, to unconsciousness to passing. Most vets will also give a pre-euthanasia sedative to make sure the pet is as peaceful as possible.

How long does it take to euthanize a pet?

A pre-euthanasia sedative is usually given under the skin which takes 2-10 minutes for your pet to be fully relaxed. After this the final injection is given in a vein, usually in the front leg. This is quick acting, and pet’s normally pass peacefully within 30 seconds on average.

How do I know when it’s time to euthanize my dog?

When it is not possible for them to maintain a good quality of life. For instance, untreatable disease, invasive cancer, protracted vomiting, not eating, difficulty walking or severe trauma. Humane euthanasia may also need to be considered when financial limitations prohibit treatment when no suitable alternative can be found. If in doubt, speak to your veterinarian.

What to do with dogs after they are put down?

Many people will have their pet cremated and ashes returned in a memorial urn or wooden box for safe keeping. Others prefer to bury their pets in their yard. If neither of these is an option, many crematoriums offer group cremation and disposal of ashes. This represents a low cost, yet environmentally friendly, solution to disposal of pet remains in a respectable manner.

What drug is used for pet euthanasia?

Besides the initial sedative medication, the euthanasia solution contains a drug call pentobarbital. This causes a very minimal discomfort for your pet (aside from the initial needle being inserted into the skin).

It affects the central nervous system first so that your pet lapses into unconsciousness, followed by anaesthesia (and the absence of any pain), followed by stopping breathing and cardiac function.

It’s a kind solution that thankfully veterinary medicine can afford to pet’s in pain or with a terminal illness.